UNOOSAUnited Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (Austria)
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Dr Werner Balogh, UNOOSA, said: "Small satellites are increasingly proving their effectiveness in promoting education, basic space science and for operational applications.
Nevertheless, the planned new network and expert groups would assess upcoming threats and would inform countries about possible defence scenarios, UNOOSA expert Sergio Camacho said.
The workshop is an UNOOSA initiative born out of the Third United Nations (UN) Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) in 1999.
Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist who heads the UNOOSA - responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space - told The Associated Press that laying the groundwork for extraterrestrial diplomacy would be a reasonable future topic for the U.
33) UNOOSA represents the only international forum for the development of international space laws.